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Why God Allows His Children to Suffer

I heard a brief but excellent sermon by Allistair Begg on the radio the other day related to why God allows suffering to come into the lives of Christians.  (http://www.truthforlife.org/broadcasts/latest-aired/)  It was brief, as I said, but really very good; it explained in much more comprehensive terms a topic that I have wondered about for many years. This man can preach!  I have borrowed liberally from his...

Why Are You Afraid?

Pastor Chris Huff of Grace Baptist Church in Nokomis, Illinois posted an outstanding daily audio/video blog on his Facebook Page on July 9th entitled: “Why Are You Afraid?”  It focused on a passage of scripture in the book of Mark (Chapter 4, verses 35-41), where Jesus was awakened from his sleep in the midst of a violent storm aboard ship.  Beginning in verse 37, we find: “And there was a great storm of...

Easy Like Sunday Morning? The Role of Music in Sunday Morning Worship Services

In a recent chat with a young Baptist pastor about the use of choruses in Sunday morning church services, I had complained about the fact that choruses do not show anything other than words projected on a screen (making it impossible to sing them properly the first few times one sees them, and makes picking out the bass part impossible.)  Generally, I find the new choruses pretty shallow theologically, and I am put...

The Loss of the Cross

Last Sunday morning I had the opportunity to attend our former home church in northern Illinois.  While it’s not the church I grew up in, it is the one where I was married and where I was baptized, and where I spent a significant portion of my early adulthood.  Some family members are still among the congregation.  It is always an interesting experience to return to your home; one of the things I...

Atheism: The Triumph of Faulty Reasoning

The March 20, 2012 issue of USA Today carried a story called: “Atheists Planning to Rally for Reason Over Religion.”  Cathy Lynn Grossman reported in the story that “Atheists, humanists, and free thinkers are descending on the hallowed civic ground of the National Mall this Saturday for a Reason Rally.”  She went on to point out that the group planned to “strut their strength as a...

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